Guatemala has launched midwifery as a technical study in the University, after it was closed 60 years ago. The announcement was made by Registered Nurse Almeda Aguilar Fajardo, Coordinator of the Technical Midwifery Committee in Guatemala.
This course will start in July in the Universidad Da Vinci with 50 students who will access to it through direct entrance. The course will be taught in the Huehuetenango Department, which is the one that registers the highest rate of maternal mortality. In January, the course will be offered in the Alta Verapaz and the El Quiché Departments, which also present a high rate of Maternal Mortality.
The development of this programme was supported for a long period of time before this launching by Joyce Thompson, Peg Marshall (LAC/RSD) , Gloria Maria Metcalfe, Hilda Baca, Rosa Villar Villegas and also ICM Reps for LAC region.